13 Practices Of Highly Successful New Leaders

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Are you new in your leadership?  Are you trying to figure out what to do first?  Where to begin?  You have big dreams but you lack experience.  Maybe you have just put some new leaders in place in your organization who you want to be highly successful.  Is there a blueprint that leaders, especially those new to their positions, can follow to be highly successful?

Few leaders are as successful as Bill Belichick, 3-time Super Bowl winning head coach of the New England Patriots.  I am currently reading Michael Holley’s book War Room.  In this book Holley gives an unprecedented look into the leadership style of Coach Belichick and his former proteges, Scott Pioli, who became the general manager of both the Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, and Thomas Dimitroff, current GM of the Atlanta Falcons.

The book’s first chapter is devoted to their time with the Cleveland Browns.  As I was reading, I noticed 13 practices that new leaders can practice to become highly successful.

  1. Highly Successful New Leaders Have Thinking Skills – When Belichick became head coach of the Browns, it is immediately noted that he was full of ideas.
  2. Highly Succesful New Leaders Are Clear Communicators – Nothing hurts new leaders more than a lack of clarity.
  3. Highly Successful New Leaders Respect The Veterans – Even though Belichick had many new ideas, he relied heavily on the experience of veteran scouts when evaluating talent.
  4. Highly Successful New Leaders Add Youth – Mixing young people in with quality veterans adds a different perspective and allows you to raise people in your system.
  5. Highly Successful New Leaders Build Relationships With Those In Your Industry – Pioli was referred to Belichick by a friend of a friend.
  6. Highly Successful New Leaders Value Loyalty – Being loyal does not make a person a leader.  However, being disloyal disqualifies a person from leadership.
  7. Highly Successful New Leaders Know That All Leadership Is Temporary - New leaders should always remember that you are only renting your position.  You do not own it.
  8. Highly Successful New Leaders Learn The Entire Business – Do not just learn your position.  Pioli learned everything from player evaluation to how to fix the copier.  Dimitroff started on the grounds crew marking the field before practice.
  9. Highly Successful New Leaders Try Unconventional Methods – When Pioli evaluated players, he even paid attention to how they interacted with team doctors, nurses and other clinic employees.
  10. Highly Successful New Leaders Surround Themselves With Talented People – Also on the Browns coaching staff at this time was Nick Saban, Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz, and Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.
  11. Highly Successful New Leaders Make Hard Decisions – Belichick drew the immediate ire of the local media when he limited their access.
  12. Highly Successful New Leaders Practice Good People Skills – Though on the grounds crew, Dimitroff always had access to player files and other items in the Browns headquarters because it was “always a good time when he was around.”
  13. Highly Successful New Leaders Stick To Their Principles – Times got very difficult in Cleveland but what made Belichick, Pioli, and Dimitroff all future successes was they remained true to their core values and stuck to their principles.

Thinking Skills, Clear Communication, Respect Veterans, Add Youth, Build Relationships, Value Loyalty, Know Its Temporary, Learn The Entire Business, Unconventional Methods, Surround Yourself With Talented People, Make Hard Decisions, People Skills, and Stick To Your Principles.  If you do these 13 things, you will position yourself and the organization to be highly successful.

What is one thing you have learned from this list that will make you a better leader?

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One Response to “13 Practices Of Highly Successful New Leaders”

  1. Adriana Johnson on 22/02/2013 #

    Hi Brian,

    I really enjoyed this post. I enjoy number C on respecting our veterans. I am not in a position of leadership but I have a leadership spirit, character. It is my goal to manage a group of people some day. I push the envelope sometimes too much I am afraid at work. I am an envelope pusher, lol I have been traind in previous jobs to do so. It is hard for me not to because I am a driver. I am constantly questioning if I am crossing boundaries or being disrespectable becuase of this aspect of myself.

    It is never my intent to it is just the driving nature in me to try and make things better. I have a feeling a lot of peope at my work would like this constant idea employee to “settle down” Gees Louise I am a temp trying to get hired permanently I need to listen to their advise and chill. Lol’s Well live and learn, move and act or in my situation don’t act lol’s.

    What angle are you writing leadership is temporary on G? Is it because as a Christian you are using the angle that all of life is temporary and Christian lingo “we are not all home yet”?

    I highley favored H. I find it quite impmressive with the superiors at my job learn and share their knowledge to make us entry level employees the best we can be. Change that toner and keep paper stocked simple easy things matter too.

    Letter I. is thumbs up highly polished great leadership in my opinion. It is absolutly fabulous when leaders think outside the box we all shoud. We all should not stop preservering in everything we do in life at work until the day we all take our last breath.

    NOW L. I simply just dance in that one because that is a bullz eye message my personality and would be my strength if I was a leader. I am very personable and know who is going through a hard time and not etc. at my entry level position. Sometimes I break the boundaries, I think, but it is leadership responsibilty to teach me what the boundaries are. There should be boundaries with personal close informaiton however, I think this is a great aspect of leadership too and necessary.

    It keeps members on your team care that you care and creates tighter teams if you know at least somewhat of what is going on with your team. The team stays on one goal and it is a natural human reaction to want to cheer on your Manager when they show and say hey Adriana, hey Bob, Hey Sara whoever are things smoothed out in the hard time you went through. Know your assistant is pregnant or if someone is going through family loss etc. Boundaries of course but we are not robots we are human beings; and yes this is an important part of leadership I believe.

    Well thank you for dealing with my chatter. I like to write:).

    Sincerly,
    A Sister too
    Adriana Johnson

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